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TFMoran on Award-winning Project Team at the ENR Regional Best Projects Awards

Engineering News-Record hosted their annual Regional Best Projects Awards Breakfast on December 12th, 2018.  ENR hosts these awards to recognize some of the best, most challenging, and most innovative projects of the year across the country. The awards are divided between the different regions of the country. Winners of the ENR Best Projects Awards are invited to a Regional Awards Breakfast to accept their recognition. This years awards breakfast for the New England area took place in the Hyatt Regency Boston and featured dozens of innovative projects.

One of TFMoran’s engineering projects at Southern New Hampshire UniversityMonadnock Hall, received an Award of Merit Higher Education/Research at the event. The 4-story, 300-bed dormitory was opened in September of 2017 and provides apartment-style living to SNHU students. TFMoran provided survey, permitting, civil/site engineering, and landscape architecture for the project. Project team members included architects Mackey Mitchell and Lavallee Brensinger, along with general contractor Whiting Turner and construction manager PMA Consultants, who submitted the project for the award.

Congratulations to all award-recipients. Winners are listed on the ENR New England website and are profiled in the December 3rd to 10th issue of ENR New England magazine.

Thank you to the ENR Regional Best Project Awards for recognizing Monadnock Hall in this year’s awards.

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Supporting the Economic Development and Infrastructure Summit

Dylan Cruess represented TFMoran at the Economic Development and Infrastructure Summit on Wednesday November 14th, 2018. The event, put on by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, was hosted at the Manchester Country Club and was presented by TD Bank. Mr. Cruess was one of the panel members on the Board of Directors.  The keynote speaker, Jeff Speck, who is a city planner and bestselling author, spoke about how economic development is affected by the walkability of a city. The event also featured a presentation about Driving Economic and Community Development through Grassroots Leadership, and an update on the major projects taking place in the Greater Manchester area and how the projects will impact the local infrastructure. Snacks were provided to those who attended, as well as coffee. Sponsors for the event included Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and TFMoran.

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CPR Training at TFMoran

Members of the Bedford TFMoran team participated in a CPR certification course on November 14, 2018. Participants met in the first-floor conference room, where the training was held. Many of the attendees had been certified in the past and were taking the course as a refresher course. The course covered CPR trainings for all ages including adults, children, and infants. The certification class was taught by Robert Martin, who works with Exeter Hospital. The class was broken into two parts. Participants watched informational videos during the first portion of the class, and during the second part were able to practice the techniques on training mannequins.  The informational videos, provided by the American Heart Association, explained how to determine if a person needs CPR, the number of breaths and compressions necessary to properly perform CPR, how to properly perform these compressions and breaths, and how to use an AED, or Automated External Defibrillator. The Bedford office installed an AED in May through a New Hampshire Department of Safety program, which offers a discount and training for participants. There was also a portion of the training dedicated to helping someone who is choking and properly performing the Heimlich maneuver. Of course, we hope that all in attendance never need to use the techniques learned today, but we are glad that our team members are educated and would be able to provide assistants in an emergency.

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Raising the Banner with Manchester Proud

TFMoran’s Dylan Cruess attended the Manchester Proud Banner Raising last Tuesday. Manchester Proud is an organization of community members from the Manchester area who want to build a better public-school system in Manchester, New Hampshire. They reach out to community members for thoughts and opinions on the current school system and changes that should be made to improve Manchester’s public schools. They plan to host more than 100 listening sessions to hear local opinions and discuss possible changes to the public-school system. On Tuesday November 13, 2018 Manchester Proud held an event to give thanks to supporters, volunteers, and community partners. The event took place at Veterans Park and was attended by many local business owners, school representatives, and the Mayor of Manchester, Joyce Craig. We wish Manchester Proud success in its future endeavors.

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High-Profile’s September issue features a story on TFMoran’s 50th Anniversary

We invite you to check out High Profile‘s September issue featuring a story entitled “TFMoran Celebrates 50 Years”. Click on this pdf link High-Profile September 2018 Pages 30-31

Or, read the text below:

TFMoran Celebrates 50 Years

Bedford, NH – The year 2018 marks 50 years of service for TFMoran, Inc., a leading consultant to the land development industry, offering Civil, Structural, and Traffic Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Construction Support, and Environmental Permitting services. Originally a local firm based in southern New Hampshire, TFMoran’s practice area now extends throughout the state and into Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Since its inception in 1968, TFMoran has been a leader in bringing innovative land planning and smart development practices into the marketplace. According to the firm’s president, Robert Duval, “TFMoran has been designing sustainable sites long before it became a buzzword. By their very nature, good designs reduce impacts to the natural environment, harmonize with their surroundings, make more efficient use of infrastructure, thereby saving our clients hard costs, as well as simplifying the approval process.”

The current ownership team has been in place since 2013, including President and Chief Engineer Robert Duval, PE; Chief Operating Officer Dylan Cruess, and Senior Vice Presidents Jeff Kevan, Paul Sbacchi, PE, and Corey Colwell, LLS, all long-term employees with decades of hands-on experience. Dylan Cruess comments, “The shared goal of the new ownership team has been to build on the strong corporate brand that TFMoran has created over the past fifty years, delivering best-in-class client service. We must be doing something right, because in 2016 we were named Business NH’s Business of the Year in the Real Estate, Construction and Engineering category, and we have also earned a statewide “Best of Business” award for the last six years in a row.”

Duval points out that TFMoran has built a strong reputation for successful redevelopment of under-utilized urban and industrial land: “We have played an integral role in many of the region’s most significant redevelopment projects, among them the SNHU Arena and the NH Fisher Cats Stadium in Manchester’s urban core; redevelopment of the Bedford Mall, Wayfarer Hotel, and former Macy’s properties in Bedford; the GE Aviation Plant expansion in Hooksett, conversion of several mill buildings in Lowell and Lawrence to residential/commercial use, and a new 1,700-car parking garage at the south end of Manchester’s historic millyard, currently under construction. Just these few projects alone provide hundreds of millions of dollars of new tax base and revenues to the local community,” says Duval.

In 2014, TFMoran acquired MSC Civil Engineers and Surveyors, a well-established civil engineering and surveying firm in Portsmouth, NH. Subsequently, in 2015, TFMoran expanded its structural engineering department by acquisition of Steffensen Engineering Associates with a solid 30-year history. “We have experienced strong growth over the past few years, to better serve our clients”, says Paul Sbacchi, Chief Structural Engineer. “They have their own tight schedules to meet, and we want to help them succeed.” The TFMoran team now comprises over 65 individuals, including licensed land surveyors, civil and structural engineers, landscape architects, wetland scientists, LEED professionals, and erosion control (CPESC) specialists.

Jeff Kevan, civil engineering group manager, points out that one of TFMoran’s primary strengths is taking on large projects with aggressive schedules. “Our team has demonstrated time and again the ability to meet challenging deadlines through teamwork and an innovative approach to the unique needs and opportunities for each project. Our reputation is built on our track record, and our record is evidence of the pride we take in what we do.”

How would you summarize the TFMoran philosophy? According to Duval, “We want to be leaders and innovators in our industry, taking on projects that have a positive impact on their surroundings. Every day, we are grateful for the opportunity to provide all these things while providing superior value to our clients, too.”

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TFM Sponsors the First Annual NHCIBOR Summer Mixer

On Thursday, August 2, NHCIBOR had their First Annual Summer Mixer held at the Brookstone Event Center in Derry, NH.  Robert & Anne Cruess, and Dylan Cruess attended this spectacular event.  TFMoran was the first sponsor to sign up for this event.  There were around 100+ people that attended. Robert was the lucky raffle winner of the bottle of scotch courtesy of Chris Pascucci from The Massiello Group Commercial Associates.  Thanks for an amazing evening NHCIBOR!

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Scott Olsen Participates in the 37th Annual Prouty Bike Race

On Saturday, July 14th TFMoran Project Engineer Scott Olsen, CPESC participated in cycling 100 miles in an event called the Prouty, which is a fundraiser for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock hospital. Scott has been involved with cycling fundraisers for cancer research since he was a little kid, volunteering at the finish line of the Pan Mass Challenge (supporting the Jimmy Fund), however he began participating in the Prouty when his father was a cancer patient at Dartmouth Hitchcock.  The team Scott rides with is the Beam Team, organized by his father’s employer, Bensonwood, of Walpole, NH.  Fortunately, Scott’s father was able to make cancer a part of his past and it is their hope that all others who encounter the disease will be able to do the same, largely in part to charitable events such as the Prouty.

The total amount of money raised for the 2018 Prouty race was $2,711,152.34, all which will aid research and cancer patient support at the clinic!  Way to go Scott on raising $382 for such a great cause!

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Andrew Griffin Joins TFMoran’s Structural Engineering Department

Andrew Griffin, EIT has joined the TFMoran structural engineering team. Andrew recently graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. His coursework included steel design, advanced structural analysis, foundation design, geo-energy systems, hydraulics, and transportation systems. Andrew serves as a structural engineer, with prior work experience conducting structural analysis and designing structural components for buildings in various New England locations.

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TFMoran Welcomes New Project Manager Paul Carey, PE

Paul Carey, PE has joined the TFMoran team in the civil engineering department, as a Project Manager. Paul is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Massachusetts and has over 25 years of extensive experience in the civil and environmental engineering field. His primary expertise is in the field of site engineering, with a focus on onsite wastewater management, stormwater runoff management and water resource protection. Paul has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Haven and is a certified MA soil evaluator. His prior work experience includes practice in eastern Massachusetts and the greater New York City area.

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Celebrating Women In Construction Week! Meet Natasha Kulchitsky, TFMoran Structural Engineer.

March 5 – 11 is National Women in Construction Week.  According to the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) website, “The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.”

In celebration of WIC, TFMoran is highlighting our own Women In Construction, one TFMoran woman engineer or surveyor each day this week. TFMoran is proud to have these women in construction, along with other women professionals on our team.

Natasha Kulchitsky – TFMoran, Inc. Structural Engineer

Natasha Kulchitsky, EIT is a Structural Engineer who began at TFMoran, Inc. in May of 2016. Natasha has a Masters Degree in Civil / Structural Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics from Lomonosov State University in Moscow, the highest ranked Russian school, graduating with honors.

Natasha’s structural design experience includes steel and timber commercial and industrial buildings, steel tanks and pressure vessels. Prior to joining the company, she designed steel frames and foundations for heavy equipment. Originally from Russia, Natasha was head of a University Math Department, where she taught a wide variety of math classes. She is now a US citizen and is fluent in both English and Russian.

Why did you go into engineering?

“I liked math at school and held a math degree from Russia. So I wanted to find a practical field where math skills can be applied.”

What do you like about your job?

“Although engineering is a world of solutions (not investigations), I like that experienced colleagues around me always look for elegant solutions. Engineering can be beautiful.”